The death Of Billy Strayhorn was an incalculable loss, not only to the Duke Ellington Orchestra but to Jazz and Popular music as well. The Musical Chemistry between Ellington and Strayhorn, longtime musical collaboraters, has been well documented, Strayhorn selflessly allowing Ellington to take the credit for his own compositions on occassions. This Album was Duke and his Orchestra's personal tribute to the man who had contributed so many compositions to the band which ended ranging outwards and beyond to become recognised standards for Jazz musicians the world over. Take the A Train, Lush Life, Chelsea Bridge to name but a few.This Album is a fitting Tribute to the Genius of Strayhorn, and the Orchestra needless to say provide a performance that does him proud.Musical fashions and trends come and go, but good Music, well played by exceptionally talented Musicians will never die. Every track on this disc is first rate, but if I had to single out two they would be Johnny Hodges heartbreaking rendition of the ironically entitled " Blood Count " Strayhorns Last Composition and Ellingtons Solo Piano version of Lotus Blossom, captured whilst the rest of the Band were packing away their Instruments, but fortunately whilst the tapes were still running. An emotional musical Eulogy from a Band at the top of their game. No one with a serious appreciation of good music should be without a copy of this Album.